Cooking at Chateau Mango... #padthai

Pad Thai...served last night at Chateau Mango

I posted this photo of our dinner on Instagram last night and had a request for the recipe. Steve
@ An Urban Cottage in Boston mentioned he was under the weather and buying the very same at a local takeaway shop. I think fresh is best and mentioned I would be happy to send along the recipe. Just love that about Instagram..making connections all over the world!

I want to tell you that it is my secret recipe and that I cooked it myself...but I can't . The lovely Huyen, my right hand girl around Chateau Mango cooked it for us and the recipe is from Bill's Everyday Asian cookbook...but...I suggested the recipe. Does that count?

Either way, it is delicious. The noodles are light and twirl around your chopsticks (or fork) with celebrated ease. If you regularly eat Pad Thai you will know that this is not always the case. I love tofu and this is made with lightly fried tofu. You could do the same with chicken quite easily. My son likes extra peanuts...hence the plethora of peanuts. If you have a nut allergy, skip them all together. On the side...fresh lime slices, cucumbers, chilli (for an extra kick) and fish sauce.

We ate this as a meal and I had enough left over for my son's lunch box. He had two huge servings for dinner so the recipe is plentiful if you care to double it as we did.  Bill's Everyday Asian cookbook is definitely a keeper, I have nearly all his cookbooks and have never been disappointed. Those Aussies, they are so talented!  :)

via Culinaria Libris

Pad Thai
Serves 2 as a main meal

200g or 8 oz. medium-width flat dried rice noodles 
4 tablespoons light-flavoured oil 
(Huyen used Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
200g or 8 oz firm tofu, cut into 1.5 cm dice 
3 garlic cloves, crushed with the flat of a knife
1 red onion, sliced
2 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon caster sugar (fine grain)
3 tablespoons fish sauce
3 tablespoons lime juice (fresh)
4 spring onions, very finely sliced
100g or 4 oz.bean sprouts
4 tablespoons roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes 
2 limes, cut into wedges
1 small cucumber, cut into chunks

Bill says... "Make sure the wok is as hot as you can 
get it to avoid ending up with a steamed, sludgy heap."

Soak the noodles in hot water for 5 minutes to soften, drain well. Heat a wok over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of the oil. Stir-fry the tofu for 2-3 minutes until browned all over. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and remove from the wok.

Add the remaining oil and stir-fry the garlic and red onion for 30 seconds or until the garlic is golden. Remove from the wok. Pour in the beaten eggs and season to taste. Cook, stirring once or twice, for 30 seconds. Add the drained noodles and toss to mix. Add the sugar, fish sauce and lime juice and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Return the garlic and onion to the pan, add the spring onion and bean sprouts. Return the tofu to the wok and toss to heat through. 

Transfer to a serving platter, dress with the roasted peanuts and chilli flakes and serve with the lime wedges and cucumber.

This recipe and more delicious recipes can be found in  Bill's Everyday Asian cookbook by Bill Granger

If you are interested in Vietnamese/Asian cookbooks,
 check out Jeanne's Kitchen Essentials list. 
Huyen and I highly recommend them! :)

Chateau Mango...taking shape.

A reminder about the  
hope to see you there!

I highly recommend stopping in at An Urban Cottage 
Steve is renovating an 1842 Greek Revival cottage.
It is a renovator's dream come true. 

I took a fabulous Vietnamese Cooking class this morning.
Lot's more recipes to share.
If you are interested, let me know!


  1. Yes please do share some lovely Vietnamese recipes - I for one would be very happy to see them.
    I very much enjoy the eclectic nature of your blog. Thank you!

  2. This is excellent. I'll have to get a wok but this sounds amazing. I never would have guessed there was fish sauce in it. The chili sauce next to the peanuts looks good too. Looks like the kind of thing you'd have with summer rolls. I love experimenting with Asian cooking so I'd love to see some more recipes. Thanks for sharing this secret recipe. I won't tell anyone!

    1. You are very welcome is a nice, light dish. Huyen cooked it in a large frying pan so don't worry about the wok. Creative cooking is fun!

    2. Sorry to hear Steve was/is under the weather...but you've (once again!) inspired me to a great blog (Urban Cottage) and another Pad Thai recipe. One of these days I'm going to nail how to prepare this. In the meantime, I have to find a Thai restaurant within 30 minutes of Stowe, VT!

  3. yum, yum, yum. Reminds me that I haven't made this for positively ages...although here we tend to have it as more of a summer dish, so with our recent arrival of spring i shall put it back on the menu. I also do the tofu version...but use macadamia nut oil and add macadamias rather than peanuts. Thank you for reminding me of this scrumptious dish! And yes please, do share what you learnt at your cooking class. I am all ears!

    1. Good tip Virginia, macadamia nut oil would be perfect! :)

  4. I love Pad Thai! I cannot wait to make this next week! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe JEanne! I hope that you have a fabulous weekend!

  5. Can you please send Ms. Huyen this way..............I need her in my kitchen because my Pad Thai never turns out well! Of course we have a little favorite spot where we order it and enjoy without having to cook OR clean up - but I may have to try at home again using this recipe. Many thanks Jeanne.

  6. Wow, now I know what I am making for dinner tonight!! That looks scrumptious!!! Thanks for sharing that recipe!

  7. It sounds wonderful Jeanne!
    I can almost smell it :-)

  8. I love noodles. I'll try the recipe.

    Chateau Mango looks inviting.

    1. One of the things I love about Vietnam all the noodle choices. :)

  9. How delicious - thank you for the recipe - will cook it this week. Looks just sumptuous. F x

  10. i'm adding this recipe to my repertoire!
    (and linked over to you today from my blog!)

  11. Yum... my favourite is pad thai... Delish!
    Thank you for your sidebar link Jeanne... :)


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